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Royals duo prepare for 'biggest game for a decade'

12 June 2015

Hal and Gunts fly the Welsh flag against Belgium tonight

Royals’ duo Chris Gunter and Robson-Kanu are preparing themselves for one of Welsh football's biggest games in recent history as they get ready to host Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Both teams are unbeaten thus far in the Euro 2016 qualifying stages and occupy joint top spot at the summit of Group B, separated only by goal difference.

Belgium, who played a part in last summer's World Cup Finals of course, have been upgraded by a position in the FIFA World Rankings since the teams last met back in November, but the Welsh will be hoping to match or even better their 0-0 result that was played out in Brussels last year.

When speaking to the media about their qualification hopes, boss Chris Coleman labelled the clash as “the biggest home game in the last ten years”.

"These are two unbeaten sides looking to qualify for France," he said. "We had a fantastic performance and result in [our last qualifier against] Israel and we need to build on that.

"I know the match is a sell-out and the atmosphere again will be magnificent. The support to date has been fantastic. Hopefully we will be able to repay that support with a positive result.”

Belgium will be without their talismanic centre-back Vincent Kompany after he was sent-off for two bookable offences during his country's qualifier against Israel in March. And this week Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was also ruled out through injury.

The Bundesliga's Player of the Year Kevin de Bruyne looks to have shaken off an ankle problem however, so could be in contention for a spot within the opposition midfield.

Gunter and Robson-Kanu are both in line to start the game, having been regulars for Coleman during the qualification campaign so far.

Wales have recorded 11 points from their opening five Group B matches, beating Andorra, Cyprus and Israel, and picking up draws against Bosnia & Herzegovina as well as Friday’s opponents.

The Cardiff City Stadium atmosphere is expected to be incredible on Friday as the Welsh public throw their support behind Hal, Chris and their Welsh compatriots - who are sensing a real belief that qualification for a first major finals appearance since 1958 is possible.

You can watch Reading's stars take on the likes of Hazard and Benteke when the game is broadcast live Sky Sports 5 as well as via commentary on BBC Radio Wales and the BBC Sport website.

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